Dick Harp

Dick Harp (1918-2000)

Teams coached: Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas record: 121-82 (.596)
Overall record^: 121-82 (.596)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1986-1989 North Carolina (asst)
1956-1964 Kansas
1948-1956 Kansas (asst)
1946-1948 William Jewell College

Dick Harp Facts

  • Richard F. Harp
  • Born March 28, 1918
  • Died March 18, 2000
  • Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
  • Alma Mater: University of Kansas (BA, 1940)
  • After graduating from Rosedale HS (KS), Harp played basketball at Kansas under legendary head coach Phog Allen
    • Was a starter for the Jayhawks for three years, helping lead the 1940 squad to a NCAA Runner-up finish (lost to Indiana)
    • Served as a master sergeant in the Army for four years during World War II
  • Started his coaching career at William Jewell College in Missouri, leading that program for two seasons
  • Became an assistant on Allen’s staff at Kansas in 1948, working in this capacity for eight seasons
  • Took over as head coach in 1956 when Allen reached KU’s mandatory retirement age
  • Resigned from his position in 1964, later spending 13 years as the director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Returned to coaching in 1986, spending three seasons on Dean Smith‘s staff at North Carolina
    • Harp was an assistant coach at Kansas while Smith was a Jayhawks’ player (1949-53)
    • During his time at UNC, Harp worked alongside Roy Williams and encouraged Williams to take the Kansas job in 1988
  • Passed away in 2000, just shy of his 82nd birthday; survived by his wife, Martha, and their son, Richard
    • Posthumously inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 2011)

Dick Harp Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only